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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I'm 13 and I've got stretch marks on the inside of my large thighs they are massive and are really embarrassing and wobble when i do the slightest thing I always hide them away as they are to large - 59cm HELP ME





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Hello, I am 16 years old and I am battling depression. I have not felt my self since I was 14 years old and I find it hard to laugh,smile&even talk to people. I have no self confidence and do not have the energy to do anything anymore which really upsets my family. I have stretch marks particularly on my boobs, all over my sides,top of my legs, and on my back it looks like somebody has drawn on my back they are so strange, I don't feel like I can do anything simply because of these marks on my skin, I know they are very common in teenagers but they are destroying my life and I get put off talking to any boys, and don't feel like I can get undressed infront of anyone but myself, I feel invisible, like I'm drowning and no body can hear my screams, I am a 38dd in bra size, a size 14 and I am curvy and think I am fat but these marks are destroying my self confidence and I really need a solution for them I am prepared to start the journey of decreasing these marks, can you please suggest anything that will help me? I would really appreciate it





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Hi im steph 18 years old wiyh a 15month beautiful son i have stretch marks all ober my body back of my legs boobs arms all over my belly shoulders top of legs bum n probx on my back i know it aimt long since i had my son and i understand they take to fade but my problem is i cannot use the creams oils ect to help me they seem to make my stretch marks split reli bad tye bleed a bit but sting loads and loads and take days to heal back up i have reli bad big thick stretch marks right at the top of my legs and on the pubic area also if i dye my hair a digferent colour or even use strong soaps bubble bath ect it splits them again especially the realy big thick ones its pain full i feel self concious i feel horrible i know i have to bath and gt washed which i do but its not how it used to be getting a bath/shower help plz desperate have a life ahead of me to start and i feel i cant





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I'm 14 and have stretch marks on the sides of my stomach and on my thighs, I've been working out recently and have been losing weigh but I don't feel like its been rapid, so what can I do? Also, when I get out of the shower I always put lotion on, but nothing works. Now I hate my body & haven't went swimming once this summer because I'm not confident. Please help.





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i am 45 and got my stretchmarks at 17 years old.i have been using a derma roller for about 12 months and it does work i do it quite hard to get better results and i think they will go conpletely. i have just been on holiday and felt so much more confident in a bikini

I'm 13 and I have really bad stretch marks on my back, I have them on my legs the side of my boobs and my hips but not as bad I also have tiny ones on my arms under my armpits. I'm not over weight and have not had gone up to a bigger size then small again. I've been the same size for the most of my life, if you can help me please give me a way to make these go!





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I am 13 and I recently got stretch marks I want treatments for it I was wondering how much is it going to cost?.





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I am 21 and have had stretch marks since the age of 11. I've never been fat but recently lost 2 stone but the marks have not improved. This has always effected my confidence massively. I've never worn a bikini and always wear clothes that cover me up. I know nothing will work completely but I saw on your programme, a woman with a lot of scars on her chest and they used cover up make up. Where can I get this from and can you suggest something else to help?





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Hi I'm 13 years old. My weight is up and down I'm now 9stone. My problem is I've got stretch marks in my breasts,lower back and behind my knee... It stops me wearing a lot of clothes.. And I've tried a lot of creams.. Would you recommend anything? Thanks





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I'm 18 and I'm 4 months into my first pregnancy. Ive always had a few very faint stretch marks on my breasts and hips, and tops of thighs.. But since becomming pregnant ive got more and more thick red and purple stretch marks, particularly in areas where they never used to be, like my calfs. The stretch marks on my hips have gotten worse and there is no way i would where a bikini. i cant even wear dresses without tights. i hear aloe vera cream is good for reducing stretch marks, ive not tried it yet but I'm going to buy some soon. i moisturise as much as possible, I'm so scared of getting even worse stretch marks, at the moment i don't gave any on my belly and im hoping i don't get any! Fingers crossed





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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